City Council approves budget for 2013-2014 fiscal year

By By Justin Phillips / American Press

The wait is over for the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. After the City Council postponed its decision on the

budget during last week’s meeting, members unanimously voted yes on the proposal during Tuesday’s special session.

The City Council planned the meeting in advance to give the budget’s approval some significance, choosing to address the item alone instead of among dozens

of others in a regular meeting.

Mayor Randy Roach said there are a

number of things to be proud of in the budget, one of them being the

finer details of the

city’s revenue points. “We’re making more money off of our utility

franchises than we are off of our property taxes,” Roach

said. “That’s significant.”

He said the difference between the two may not be great, but it is a factor worth noting in a city trying to expand its revenue

sources. The meeting was open to the public, but with sparse attendance Roach decided to hold off on pointing out some of

the more intricate details in the budget.

“I would have gotten into it if there had been a larger crowd,” Roach said. “The council was ready to vote on it. They’ve

seen the budget letter and they’re accustomed to the process, so they were ready to go.”